Mark Canton to Produce War
The producers of “300” are taking another trip to an epic battlefield.
Mark Canton and Gianni Nunnari will produce “War of the Gods,” a story with a similar scope and tone to the Warners breakout, and set it up with Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media.
The production has attached Tarsem the music-video and commercial director whose globetrotting and mythical tale “The Fall” is currently in theaters. Charley and Vlas Parlapanides, the brothers who penned the script for Universal’s 50 Cent vehicle “Live Bet,” penned the “Gods” spec.
The script concerns the battles waged by Theseus, a warrior from Greek mythology. That moves it into a somewhat different historical time than “300” — which concerned the battles of King Leonidas against the Persians — but ensures a similar vibe and young-male demo.
Despite costing less than $75 million, “300” became a $450 million global box-office monster by using a kind of scaled-down tentpole model — that is, sophisticated effects and a large storytelling canvas but few stars.
Canton and Nunnari are teaming up for the first time since their successful collaboration. Canton recently produced Par’s child fantasy “The Spiderwick Chronicles” and is attached to produce MGM’s “Fame” update. Nunnari is producing Miramax’s upcoming ensemble pic “Everybody’s Fine.” [thr]